March Aces; Andrews, Giron Win Claremont ITF Titles; Frilling in USTA Spotlight; New Trier Takes National HS Championships
We're heading to California Sunday for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl tournaments, so this is the first of many posts in the next couple of weeks that are going to go up late at night, Eastern Daylight Time.
My monthly Aces column was posted today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, and as is always the case, I find the research I do in selecting those featured helpful in broadening my perspective. I concentrate mainly and American juniors and US college players on this site, but I do appreciate the global nature of the sport, which I hope shows in this regular feature.
The finals of the Grade 4 Claremont ITF were played today, with Southern Californians Marcos Giron and Gabrielle Andrews taking the titles. Giron, the No. 5 seed, beat unseeded David Doehring 6-2, 6-4, while the second-seeded Andrews beat top seed Monica Turewicz 6-3, 6-3. The girls doubles title went to Kyle McPhillips and Turewicz, the top seeds, 6-3, 6-3 over unseeded Dasha Ivanova and Lauren Marker. American Richard Del Nunzio and Marlu Van Vuuren of South Africa, the No. 2 seeds, defeated top seeds Mate Cutura of Croatia and Mikhail Vaks of Russia 1-6, 6-2, 10-6. For complete draws, see the tournament page at usta.com.
Qualifying at the International Spring Championships got underway today and will be completed on Sunday with two rounds in the 18s. For today's results and Sunday's order of play, see the tournament page at usta.com.
Today in the first round of Family Circle Cup qualifying, Monica Puig defeated No. 11 seed Madison Brengle 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, and Sloane Stephens also advanced to the final round of qualifying with a 6-2, 6-3 win over wild card Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus. Josie Kuhlman, who received her wild card for winning the 18s Smash Junior Cup, bowed out to Heather Watson 7-5, 6-1. For complete results, and Sunday's order of play, see the WTA website.
At the ATP's US Clay Courts in Houston, junior wild cards Stuart Kenyon and Ashok Narayana lost in qualifying to Ivo Karlovic and Donald Young respectively, winning only three games between them. It's a big step up for teens who have very little experience with tennis at that level. For the complete results and Sunday's order of play, see the ATP website.
Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling, currently ranked third nationally, is in today's USTA College Spotlight. And because it came out while I was preparing for Mobile, I'm not sure if I linked to the previous Q and A with Rhyne Williams of Tennessee. The complete archive of college spotlights is available here.
And finally, a reader sent me a link to this article about the New Trier High School's boys tennis team's first place finish in the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Another team from Illinois, Deerfield, finished second, with a third team from Illinos, Highland Park, finishing fourth. Robert Stineman of New Trier was tournament MVP.